ABCey Presents: 5 Creative Ideas for Upcycled Event Decor!

Whether it’s a small event, a huge conference, or a gala, purchasing or renting event decor can be very wasteful and priceyABCey has compiled a list of our favorite ideas for upcycled event decor!

1. Actual Trash (and yes, we mean it!)

Upcycled Event Decor at Creating Equilibrium

Actual trash! You can use thrown-out trash and transform it into a banner of trash bags or a beautiful backdrop for your guests. This one was even from one of our events, Creating Equilibrium – an environmental conference and festival that focused on sustainability! Based on the theme, we designed a depiction of our oceans by upcycling thrown-out trash.

2. Wooden Pallets

Upcycled Event Decor – Wooden PalletsWooden pallets are one of the best things to upcycle! It effortlessly adds a natural element to your event and can be transformed into a multitude of things! You can stack them for a makeshift table, hang photos and lights from them, paint them to make signs, and so much more. All it takes is a little imagination..

3. Old Rope and Leftover Boards

Upcycled Event Decor – Rope and Boards

With old and sturdy rope and a board, you can create a suspended tabletop for any outdoor event! Dress it up for an elegant party or add some party favors for your guests! If you want add a playful feel for any younger guests or those with young hearts, you can create a swing! It’ll also become a great photo-op for people to remember your event.

4. Hula Hoop

Upcycled Event Decor – Hula Hoop

Hula hoops don’t just have to stay around your waist (and sometimes the floor)! With some flowers and greenery, you can completely change your old hula hoop into a chandelier! You can also use it to highlight a statement word you want your guests to remember even after they leave! Cheers!

5. Jars

Upcycled Event Decor – Jars

Jars and bottles are an easy element to upcycle! If you add a little water, you can use them as a vase for florals. Also, you can make it into an activity for your guests with a little paint or twine to let them customize their own! If you are looking to illuminate your event, placing candles or lights inside a jar is a great way add a soft glow!

 

What is your favorite upcycled event decor?

 

All these projects can also become a great interactive activity for you and your guests. They’re just as elegant and beautiful as store-bought event decorations. Which ones will you use?  Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter!


Create a Customized Snapchat Filter for Your Event

As Snapchat continues to be a dominant avenue for social media, it is a great tool to use for event promotion. As you may know, Snapchat has an awesome feature that allows you to create your own snapchat filter for an event, On-Demand Geofilter. This allows anyone at the location of your event to use the filter during a designated time frame. At ABCey, we like to keep you up to date on all the latest social marketing tactics. So, here is a simple step by step on how to create your own filter!

 

** Note: to create an On-Demand Geofilter you must have a Snapchat account.


Create a Customized Snapchat Filter for Your Event

Custom Snapchat Filter

Step 1: Go to Canva.com  

Canva Custom Dimensions for Snapchat Filter

Once at the website, create a design using custom dimensions 1080px x 1920px.

After setting the dimensions, start designing! Keep in mind you want to leave room for people’s faces – so try to stick to customizing the top, bottom, and frame of the space.

 

Step 2: Download Your Finished Product

Download Canva Custom Snapchat Filter Design

After you finish designing your cool new filter, click the download button and download the file as a PNG.

 

Step 3: Download GIMP

GIMP Computer Application for Custom Snapchat Filter

Download the computer application GIMP.

Step 4: Open Your Filter in GIMP

Snapchat Geofilter in GIMP Application

First, open your new filter by going to File → Open → Select Filter PNG. After, go to Select → By Color and click the white portion of your filter. Proceed by going to Colors → Color to Alpha. Finally, go to File → Overwrite nameofyourfilter.png.

 

Step 5: Go to Snapchat

Snapchat On-Demand Geofilter

Login to Snapchat.com and follow the steps on their website to upload your filter, select the location and time you want your filter to be active.

Happy Snapping!

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Do you plan on using a custom Snapchat filter for your events? Let us know in the comments below and on Facebook or Twitter!


Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to get shopping for some truly awesome gifts for family and friends! ABCey has some great ideas from local vendors, so you can get your loved ones something unique and help small businesses in the process. Take the pressure off with our specially curated holiday gift guide!


This week we are tackling gifts for her. From the tomboy to the girly girl and everything in between, we have gift options for the special lady in your life that are sure to make her cry (tears of joy of course) when she opens these incredible gifts!

Our Top 8 Picks:

1. For the Plant Lover

Give a living gift this Christmas with Botany Decor! Not your traditional flowers, these meticulously hand picked succulents won’t die out and brighten up any room with their rustic approach to decor. From their wooden designed frames to the hand crafted shape these add something special to any space and are sure to be a present she will love! See the arrangements and order here.

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2. For the Techie

There’s a good chance the techie in your family has already got their hands on the latest and greatest tech. Give her the gift of customization with personalized dock stations, cases, and add on’s to make her valuables look as interesting as what they do. Take a look at Clique Shops device cases ranging in a multitude of colors and finishes that are sure to be a holiday hit!

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3. For the World Traveler

For the constant traveler there is really no place like home. Give her something to remissness with a large travel map she can hang in her room. Map Republic offers large framed vintage maps that will add wander lust to any interior. They even come with push pins so she can mark all the places shes been. Bon Voyage!

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4. For the Foodie

The elusive foodie has eaten at the best places and is the most knowledgeable when it comes to restaurants. Put their dining skills where their mouth is by helping them create a fantastic dish on their own! The deluxe DIY cheese making kit by Urban Cheese Craft does this by providing all the essential tools for gourmet cheese making! Bon Apetite.

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5. For the Fashionista

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a little sparkle! Skip the diamonds and go for something urban and trendy like druzy. The raw cut of druzy stone makes for a unique all over sparkle that is featured in a collection of enchanting colors. These gold druzy necklaces from Song Yee Designs are so beautiful, she’ll never take them off.

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6. For the Makeup Obsessed

Any makeup lover knows the #1 problem they will face is storage and organization! Get her something useful by gifting an acrylic makeup storage box. Clear storage boxes, like these 5 tier ones from Glamoure Box, seriously reduce clutter and allow her to see all the tools as shes getting her glam on!

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7. For the Yogi

Yogi’s everywhere love this season for it’s serene winter setting and the peace that abounds with this holiday. Give her something to make her morning ritual even more special with a customized yoga mat. With My Custom Yoga Mat you can pick her favorite color for the mat and adorn it with her initials to truly give her the gift of serenity.

Custom Yogi

 

8. For the Perfect Hostess

What to give to the hostess with the mostest? Look no further than the tools of the trade. Wooden spoons or wine stoppers from Personalized Gallery let you pick engraved images and words that can leave a lasting impression as well as provide a useful keepsake that makes all the details come together.

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With so many ideas to give (or receive), what’s on your list this year? Let us know in the comments below of find us on twitter and facebook!


Tech Tuesday: EventMobi, Create, Customize, and Launch Your Event App

Tech Tuesday highlights the best and brightest ideas in the tech world. ABCey would like to recognize these up and coming technologies for their innovative ideas and impact on the event world!

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“Create, customize, and launch your event app!”

This week, we are encouraging you to check out EventMobi. This application enables event planners and marketers to create their own event app for their individual needs. Millions of event planners, marketers, and attendees from more than 40 countries use this app, which is easily accessible from a smartphone, tablet, or any other online device.

 

Eventmobi features

How it works: You have full control over the creation of your personalized event app. Whether you want to include registration features, post-event reporting, or attendee activities, EventMobi helps you to set up the features you need. If you’re in doubt, you can contact the EventMobi support team, who will help you design your app according to your needs.

 

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Why we love it: EventMobi is easy to use and cost-efficient! You can customize your personal event app exclusively with features you really need, without any clutter. Using EventMobi also reduces the need for paper, which helps your event simultaneously go green and stay organized!

 

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No matter what kind of app you create, EventMobi keeps it secure and confidential! You can create pre-event, on-site, and post-event features, with individual branding for your company. Organizations like Disney, IBM, and SalesForce are just some of EventMobi’s popular clients.

Learn more about EventMobi here, or try the free product demo! Would you use this application for your events? Tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!